<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego https://www.nbcsandiego.com en-usTue, 25 Sep 2018 14:43:30 -0700Tue, 25 Sep 2018 14:43:30 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[4 Decades Later: San Diego Remembers PSA Flight 182 Tragedy]]> Tue, 25 Sep 2018 12:59:51 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/PSA+182+CRASH+memorial.jpg

Tuesday marks four decades since the deadliest aircraft disaster in California’s history: the PSA Flight 182 crash over San Diego’s North Park community that killed 144 people.

To remember the lives tragically lost when PSA Flight 182 crashed midair with a single-engine Cessna over North Park on Sept. 25, 1978, city leaders, first responders and community members touched by the tragedy gather in North Park, as they do year after year.

The crash killed a total of 144 people, including all 135 people aboard PSA Flight 182, the two men aboard the Cessna and seven people on the ground. A total of 22 homes in the area were destroyed or damaged as the Boeing 727 hit the ground.

The wreckage came to rest near Boundary and Felton streets.

At the site on Tuesday, the name of each person who died in the crash and a personal message was inscribed on a sidewalk in chalk. A rose was placed next to each name as it is read aloud at the ceremony -- which started at 9:01 a.m., the exact time of the crash 40 years ago.

In 2014, residents involved in a PSA Flight 182 committee began a push for a permanent memorial to be erected at the site of the crash. Currently, the closest memorial is a plaque beneath a tree at the North Park library.

<![CDATA[3 Charged for Operating ‘Deplorable’ Elder Care Facilities]]> Tue, 25 Sep 2018 10:21:12 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/elder+care+home+charges.jpg

The city is cracking down on illegal elder care facilities where seniors live in "deplorable conditions," like a home in City Heights riddled with cockroaches and feces in the shower, City Attorney Mara Elliott said Monday. 

Petra Garcia Navarro, Silvina Sandoval Torres and Martha Alicia Bragg face misdemeanor criminal charges for the facilities on Sparling Street in City Heights and on Kostner Drive in Otay Mesa that housed 11 residents between the ages of 57 and 84, Elliott said.

Though Elliott said the home in City Heights was operating under the name "Angel House," neighbors described the facility as nothing but a nightmare.

"I call it the house of horrors," said Kenny Bryant, who lived next door to the six-bedroom residential care facility. "We've had everything from naked people running in the street, feces being thrown over the fence into our yard." 

Bryant said over the years not everyone in the facility has been elderly or dependent and some caused trouble in the neighborhood. 

For those who were (in need of care), yeah I felt bad," Bryant said. 

During an inspection in June, city crews found infestations of mice scabies and roaches, according to the city attorney's office.

The degree of the problem became evident to Bryant when contractors, who were making repairs to the home, had cockroaches falling on them as they cleaned the ceiling, he said. 

Inspectors also found unsafe electrical fixtures, unpermitted plumbing and poor sanitation, including feces in the community shower.

The 11 senior victims were barred from the kitchen, depriving them of access to food and water.

Torres and Navarro were told to vacate the house on Sparling Street in August, the city attorney's office said. Investigators then found seven of the 11 alleged victims at a home in west Otay Mesa operated by Navarro's daughter.

The victims reported they had been taken there in the back of a pickup truck.

At the home on Kostner Drive, one elderly victim lived in the garage and another in a tent, according to the city attorney's office. All suffered heat exposure and were taken to local hopsitals.

Charges against the defendants include wilful cruelty to nine edlerly residents and two dependent adults.

<![CDATA[Encanto Church Spray-Painted with Profanity, Graphic Images]]> Tue, 25 Sep 2018 11:42:04 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Church+Vandal+0925+WEB+IMAGE.jpg

The Church of Christ in Encanto was spray-painted with graphic words and symbols, SDPD found Monday morning.

Profane phrases and phallic images were drawn onto the side of the building.

Police are not sure exactly when the event took place, said Officer Billy Hernandez, a spokesperson with SDPD.

It appeared blue spray paint was used at the scene, according to footage obtained by NBC 7.

SDPD is investigating the incident as a hate crime and as vandalism, Hernandez said.

There was no information on any possible suspects at this time.

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<![CDATA[Woman Arrested for Fires Outside Homes in Allied Gardens: PD]]> Tue, 25 Sep 2018 13:00:19 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/allied+gardens+fires.jpg

A woman was arrested Tuesday for setting or trying to set fires outside at least three homes in Allied Gardens overnight, San Diego police said. 

A woman first called 911 to report her car was on fire outside her home on Barclay Avenue, just of Waring Road at about 3 a.m. She said a woman was inside her Hyundai and took off after a fire ignited.

"This woman was just yelling, kind of incoherent, and yeah, she set the inside of our car on fire," Christy Redick told NBC 7. 

The Redicks were able to get their infant and their family dog out of the home safely. 

On the street, Redick ran into her neighbor, Eddie Garcia, who lives on the same street and said he woke to use the restroom spotted the tarp of his boat on fire. 

"I opened the door and saw the tarp of my boat was on fire and so I ran out and got the hose and sprayed it down. That’s when I looked down across the street here -- the car was lit on fire," Garcia said. 

San Diego police did detain one woman for questioning about a mile from where the fires occurred but it was not clear if she was placed under arrest or suspected of starting the fire. 

Redick said the fire destroyed her Hyundai and left her Fiat looking like a "toasted marshmallow." The fire also spread to their garage before firefighters were able to put it out. 

When the sun came up, another homeowner discovered a rag had been stuffed into the gas tank of his Honda in what is believed to be another effort to set it on fire. 

A woman was detained for questioning and later arrested in connection with the fires. 

No other information was available.

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<![CDATA[Bullying Grows Among Children with Food Allergies: Doctors]]> Tue, 25 Sep 2018 07:27:45 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/school+lunch+dallas+isd.JPG

Children across San Diego County are also dealing with an increase of bullying due to their food sensitivity, and sometimes they are being bullied by their teachers, a doctor at Rady Children's Hospital said. 

Doctors at Rady Children’s Hospital said they have seen a 50% increase of food allergies among children in the last two decades. 

"What’s surprising is that 20 percent of children report that teachers or school staff have been the ones doing the bullying," said Food Allergy Director Dr. Stephanie Leonard, who is part of an ongoing food allergy research project at Rady Children’s Hospital.

Teachers will sometimes roll their eyes at students who bring up a food allergy or accuse them of lying about a food allergy or exaggerating it, Leonard explained.

These behaviors can lead children to feel embarrassment or shame.

According to the research discovered so far in Rady Children’s Food Allergy program, about two kids in every classroom may have a food allergy, which adds an extra stress to kids in schools.

Allergies could come from any food but these eight common allergens account for 90% of all reactions in kids: milk, eggs, peanuts, soy, wheat, tree nuts (such as walnuts and cashews), fish, and shellfish (such as shrimp), according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Rady Children’s Food Allergy program is offering several solutions for San Diego schools to better educate those who care for children with food allergies. For instance, doctors encourage schools to hold "food-free parties" and to monitor unstructured time, like recess and lunch, and intervene when necessary.

"When you change policies or make new rules (ensure) that it’s school-wide and not just because of one person or student," said Dr. Leonard. "What we don’t want to happen is that another student says 'we can’t have food at our parties in class anymore because so-and-so has a peanut allergy.' That certainly singles them out and makes them a higher risk for bullying."

Additionally, Dr. Leonard said it is important for students to have a safe person at school they can address when bullying does occur.

Parents can also look out for key signs to determine if a child might have been a victim of bullying, like a reluctance to go to school, change in mood or a decline in academic performance.

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<![CDATA[Del Mar Racing Announces Fall Concerts]]> Tue, 25 Sep 2018 08:00:45 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Pepper_the_Band.jpg

It's been a hot Californian summer -- and we've been lucky to have the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club concert series to see us through it: From Slightly Stoopid to Ice Cube, from Aloe Blacc to Tribal Seeds, it's been heavy with some of the biggest reggae and hip-hop stars of our time.

But wait: There's more: this fall, Del Mar Racing plans to get you Irie with local Hawaiian dubsters Pepper on Nov. 10 and heartland thumpin' with country singer Easton Corbin on Nov. 24.

A couple of Januaries ago, Pepper frontman Kaleo Wassman brought the trio through Observatory North Park with Less Than Jake, and the dub-le header was nothing short of a beach town dream come true.

Around the same time, Corbin was crooning his way through House of Blues San Diego, and let's just say it was "A Little More Country Than That."

Stay tuned for more announcements, including how you can get into these two sure-to-be-packed shows at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. But don't just take our word for it -- get it straight from the horse's mouth.

Rutger Ansley Rosenborg has been an Associate Editor at NBC SoundDiego since 2016. Find out more here, or contact him here.

<![CDATA[Ben and Jerry’s Scoops Support for Duncan Hunter’s Opponent]]> Tue, 25 Sep 2018 14:24:38 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ben-and-jerrys-ice-cream.jpg

Ben and Jerry’s announced its creating seven new ice cream flavors to support various candidates for the upcoming November election, including embattled Representative Duncan Hunter’s opponent.

The ice cream duo partnered with MoveOn, a progressive policy advocacy group, for the campaign.

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, the men behind the company, said they’re calling on “progressive champions,” in a statement released on MoveOn’s website.

Notably, for San Diegans, the dessert company favored Ammar Campa-Najjar over Duncan Hunter for the House of Representatives seat for California’s 50th District, a competitive race. 

Hunter was indicted for misuse of campaign funds in late August and has made several appearances in federal court since.

“They want to flip the seat, so let's go to court, let's have a trial, and everybody will see everything,” Hunter said last Tuesday.

Campa-Najjar won the second-most votes in the open primary back in June. Hunter received 48-percent of the vote, and Campa-Najjar got nearly 17-percent.

As November draws near, Ben and Jerry’s is holding its own election – to the name the seven new flavors. To cast your vote, visit MoveOn’s website.

Here is a list of other candidates, and the race they’re in, who are supported by Ben and Jerry:

  • Aftab Pureval, U.S. Congress Ohio 1st District
  • J.D Scholten, U.S. Congress Iowa 4th District
  • James Thompson, U.S. Congress Kansas 4th District
  • Jess King, U.S. Congress Pennsylvania 11th District
  • Lauren Underwood, U.S. Congress Illinois 14th District
  • Stephany Rose Spaulding, U.S. Congress Colorado 5th District
To learn more about Ben and Jerry's political action, see its website.

<![CDATA[San Diego Fleet Among Alliance West Division Teams]]> Tue, 25 Sep 2018 13:39:49 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/san+diego+fleet.jpg

With nicknames that certainly make sense for their regions, the Alliance of American Football unveiled the names and logos of their West Division teams on Tuesday -- including a team in San Diego. 

They are the Arizona Hotshots, Salt Lake Stallions, San Antonio Commanders and San Diego Fleet. 

Last week, the spring league that begins play the weekend after the Super Bowl revealed the Orlando Apollos, Atlanta Legends, Memphis Express and Birmingham Iron. 

The Fleet will have San Diego County Credit Union Stadium, the former field of the NFL's Chargers, as their home and will be coached by Mike Martz. The Hotshots will play at Sun Devil Stadium on the Arizona State campus and be coached by Rick Neuheisel. The Stallions' home will be Rice-Eccles Stadium on the University of Utah campus and Dennis Erickson will be the coach. San Antonio plays in the Alamodome with Mike Riley as coach. 

"Today we release the names and logos of our Alliance West teams with enthusiasm and pride as we give our final four teams their identity within our league," said Charlie Ebersol, a co-founder of the Alliance along with Pro Football Hall of Famer Bill Polian. "I can't wait to start seeing fans wearing their team colors and joining our Alliance." 

The league will play a 10-game schedule, with playoffs ending in late April. 

Fleet pays homage to San Diego's naval community and players will wear yellow, representative of the city's sunny weather, and the gray of Navy ships. 

Arizona's nickname pays tribute to the firefighters organized by the U.S. Forest Service and other federal, state and county agencies that battle wildland fires across the country. Their colors will be forest green, orange and golden yellow, with crossed axes in the logo standing for pulaskis, a cutting and digging tool used by firefighters. 

Salt Lake's name of Stallions is inspired by the Bonneville Salt Flats where world land speed records have been set and broken for decades. The Stallions' colors are sky blue, royal blue and silver. 

For San Antonio, which has had more than three centuries of military presence with one of the nation's largest active and retired military populations, the nickname honors those who serve. Team colors feature maroon, which is used in the official city logo; silver, in reference to dress military swords carried by officers; and the familiar red of the Texas state flag. The logo includes a depiction of the Alamo. 

Photo Credit: Alliance of American Football/@AFF/Twitter]]>
<![CDATA[GOP Hires Attorney to Question Kavanaugh's Accuser]]> Tue, 25 Sep 2018 13:31:59 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/grassAP_18256587733931.jpg

Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans said Tuesday they had hired outside counsel to handle questioning at Thursday's hearing featuring Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused him of sexually assaulting her — though they would not reveal the lawyer's identity, drawing criticism from Democrats and women's advocates.

In a letter to a lawyer for Ford on Monday, Mike Davis, who handles nominations for Republicans on the committee, said the GOP had hired a woman whom he described as "an experienced sex-crimes prosecutor to serve as an investigative staff counsel for the hearing," NBC News reported.

"She will question Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh on Thursday on behalf of the Republican members," Davis wrote. The goal for Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said Davis, "is to de-politicize this process and search for the truth – instead of creating a forum for senators to grandstand or launch their presidential campaigns."

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<![CDATA[Things to Do This Weekend: Sept. 27-30]]> Tue, 25 Sep 2018 13:16:26 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SDRW-Jan-2018-Leroys-Instagram.jpg

TGI Weekend! Foodies, delight in this weekend's roundup of events! From a cocktail festival at a Balboa Park museum to Oktoberfests around the county, there are so many culinary-centric things to do this weekend. Of course, we can't forget San Diego's largest eatery celebration -- San Diego Restaurant Week -- which features dozens of locals restaurants offering prix fixe meals. Get up. Get out. Play!  

Thursday, September 27
San Diego Restaurant Week

Times vary, Locations Across San Diego County
It’s that time again! More than 180 eateries across San Diego have created the perfect multi-course meals for guests to feast on during this year’s San Diego Restaurant Week. Through Sunday, participating restaurants will offer exclusive prix-fixe menus -- two-course lunches ranging from $10 to $20 a person or three-course dinners ranging from $20 to $50 a person. Take a look at this year's restaurant lineup here and be sure to make a reservation in advance to guarantee your spot.

GI Film Festival 
Times Vary (through Sunday), Mission Valley Ultrastar Cinema
This film festival celebrates films inspired by and created by the men and women of the United States armed forces. The GI Film Festival San Diego runs through Sunday with a lineup of documentaries, short and feature-length films, filmmaker discussions, an award ceremony and more. Most films screen at Ultrastar Cinema at Hazard Center while others play at nearby locations, including aboard USS Midway Museum. Tickets to individual screenings can be purchased for $10 each or an all-access pass is available for $120. 

SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular
10 a.m. to 9 p.m., SeaWorld San Diego
Don’t wait for Halloween to trick or treat. Kids and their parents can stroll trick-or-treat booths set up throughout the SeaWorld San Diego for their annual Halloween Spooktacular, which runs this year through October 28. On top of treat hunting, families can sing and dance along to the all-new Sesame Street Halloween Parade, catch a holiday-themed Clyde and Seamore show and more. Spooktacular comes with a general admission ticket starting at $55, which gives guests access to all of SeaWorld’s daily offerings.

Escape the Nat 
12 to 5 p.m. (Tuesday through Sunday), San Diego Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum in Balboa Park needs your help to find the cure to a deadly viral outbreak. This escape room game on the lower level of the museum asks guests to comb through the museum archives and solve a combination of clues and puzzles in order to save the world. Groups of two to six players can join the game, and ticket prices vary depending on the number of people participating, starting at $80. The ticket price includes admission to the museum. Guests must make reservations in advance for a slotted time Tuesday through Friday from 12 to 5 p.m.

Culture and Cocktails: Art of the Body
6 p.m., San Diego Museum of Art
Celebrate San Diego’s art scene at the San Diego Museum of Art’s fall sundown series event, Art of the Body. The theme of this season’s Culture and Cocktails event centers around one of the museum’s newest exhibits featuring the work of world-renowned Mexican sculpture artist Javier Marín. With the purchase of a $25 ticket, guests are invited to dance the night away as DJ Giancarlo spins. The event will feature live art, like statue performers and contortionists. Guests can get artwork airbrushed onto their body or pose with a living statue in a photo booth. Hibiscus-infused cocktails and desserts will be doled out. The Javier Marín exhibit runs through March 3, 2019. 

The Haunted Hotel 
6 p.m. to 1 a.m. (Fridays and Saturdays), 424 Market Street (San Diego)
It’s time to check in to The Haunted Hotel. One of San Diego’s most popular Halloween haunts returns this weekend with a sneak preview of this year’s spooktacular frights. Guests will take a ride up the hotel’s haunted Hellavator before walking own a bleak corridor filled with scares. On Wednesdays, try the whole thing in the dark. Tickets cost $20 and times vary; check the schedule here. 

Friday, September 28

La Mesa Oktoberfest 
Times vary (through Sunday,) La Mesa Village 
One of Southern California’s largest Oktoberfest celebrations is back in La Mesa for its 45th year. La Mesa Oktoberfest is a celebration of German culture and features a lineup of traditional polka artists and cover bands, classic German treats and traditional and modern activities for all ages, including a Karneval area for the kids, a craft goods marketplace, a Biergarten and more. New this year is the Sunday Brunch at Bo-beau's Kitchen and Garden. For $40 each, guests can feast their way through a four courses meal. Entrance to the event is free but VIP passes to the Biergarten are available for purchase.

MCAS Miramar AirShow 
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (through Sunday), MCAS Miramar
Once a year, the U.S. Marine Corps opens up its doors at Air Station Miramar so that thousands of civilians can get a glimpse into their operations. The three-day MCAS Miramar AirShow is one of the largest military air shows in the country. Military pilots with the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels and Leap Frogs, the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights and more give guests a spectacle in the sky. This year, the air show is celebrating 100 years of women serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. General admission to the event is free but a variety of viewing options are available for purchase

Food Truck Fridays
4 to 8:30 p.m., Balboa Park
Delectable treats will once again flood historic Balboa Park every Friday night this summer for the popular Food Truck Fridays series. A lineup of about a dozen food trucks will rotate each week through September 28 at Plaza de Panama ready to feed hungry guests as a variety of live music, like Mariachi and orchestral sounds, waft through the air. Some of the dining possibilities include Bosnian Grill, Monster Crafts, Pierogi Truck, Super Q and Yo Yo Bento, Beachin’ Boba, Devil Dogs BBQ, Sushi Uno and more. Visitors are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit in front of the Botanical Building as they eat, or enjoy craft beer, wine and cocktails inside nearby restaurants. Booths will be set up with activities for kids and Balboa Park will introduce a "living room" area filled with giant lawn games. Surrounding museums will extend hours to accommodate guests and the San Diego Museum of Art will offer $5 admission after 5 p.m.

El Cajon’s Dinner and a Concert Series
6 to 8 p.m., Prescott Promenade
The El Cajon Business Association weekly Dinner and a Concert Series is coming to an end this week. The event gives visitors the chance to enjoy dinner at one of the many participating restaurants that surround Prescott Promenade, like Main Tap Tavern and the Palms Restaurant, before or after taking in a free concert at the park. This week, contemporary group The Mighty Untouchables takes the stage. After dinner, guests can turn in their receipts for a chance to win a Taylor-brand guitar. The raffle will be held at the end of the Dinner and a Concert Series season.

San Diego Padres v. Arizona Diamondbacks 
7:10 p.m. (through Sunday), Petco Park
It’s the last home series of the season for the San Diego Padres. Root, root, root for the home team as they take on the Arizona Diamondbacks in this three-game series. Featured events this weekend include a Party in the Park Beerfest on Friday, a faith and family night on Saturday and a salute to veterans on Sunday. Tickets start at $15. While at the ballpark, try an array of craft brew and tastes of some of this year’s new local grub -- like Seafood Tacos from Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill or a Smoked Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog from Carnitas' Snack Shack.

The Scream Zone 
7 p.m., Del Mar Fairgrounds
Everybody scream! The Del Mar Fairgrounds again becomes a playground for horrifying creatures of the night for The Scream Zone. Enter if you dare into the three maze-filled haunts, including the popular haunted hayride, and other terrifying attractions with the purchase of a $34 ticket. A single haunt ticket is available for $21. This Friday only, admission is slashed in half. Outside the mazes, there are food and drink vendors and photo opportunities. The Scream Zone runs through October 31.


Saturday, September 29

Adams Avenue Street Fair 
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (through Sunday), Adams Avenue
Dozens of musicians will take one of six stages this weekend for the 37th annual Adams Avenue Street Fair. The free two-day music festival is held in Normal Heights every year and features four beer gardens, carnival rides, festival foods, and more than 300 arts and craft booths. This year, guests with a $20 ticket to the Craft Beer Taste can sip on suds from Goose Island, Green Flash, Mission Brewery and more from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday. For a lineup of musical acts, click here

Brick or Treat
5 to 9 p.m., Legoland Resort
Trick-or-treating gets Legofied this Halloween season. Brick or Treat at Legoland California Resort brings not-so-spooky thrills to families on Saturday nights through October 27. The amusement park will be adorned with 16 treat stations that each night will be filled with more than one million pieces of candy. Little ones can craft pumpkins and meet Lego friends at the fall festival within the park. Then, a midnight monster jam lets families dance the night away. Guests are encouraged to dress in costume for Brick or Treat. Tickets to the event alone cost $54 or can be purchased in combination with a day admission pass to Legoland or Sea Life Aquarium starting at $79.

CRSSD Festival 
12 p.m.(through Sunday), Waterfront Park
Tickets are still available to this fall’s CRSSD electronic music festival, which boasts a lineup that includes Duke Dumont, Bob Moses, Nina Kraviz, Matador and more. The two-day festival has three stages for guests to choose from and will feature craft beer and cocktails. A ticket to one day of the festival starts at $110. 

Bayside Brew and Spirits Festival
1 to 5 p.m., Pepper Park
Nearly four dozen craft brewers, local distillers and winemakers will be doling out samples of their creations at this year’s Bayside Brew and Spirits Festival at the waterfront park in National City. The 21-and-up only event gives guests with a $25 ticket unlimited samples of beer, wine and spirits from 1 to 5 p.m. Get started an hour early and have access to special limited release sips with the purchase of a $50 VIP ticket. Hungry attendees can grab a bite from Salud!, Doggos Gus or Birrias, who will be selling tasty bites at the event.

San Diego Sake Festival 
2 to 6 p.m., Quartyard
In honor of World Sake Day on October 1, Quartyard in East Village is hosting a sake tasting event. Guests can sip on more than 20 different types of sake in a complimentary Ochoco, or sake glassware, with the purchase of a $40 general admission ticket. The event begins with a traditional cedar sake barrel opening ceremony. Then, guests can meet the local brewers behind sake and learn about the spirit steeped in Japanese tradition.

Moonlight Beach Bash 
2 to 5 p.m., Moonlight Beach
Only in San Diego County would the first full week of the fall season be the perfect time to host a beach bash. Moonlight Beach at the end of B Street in Encinitas will be filled with live musical performances, original artwork and food vendors doling out tacos for purchase during Moonlight Beach Bash. Headlining the event is High Tide Society, featuring 70s and early 80s hits from artists like Steely Dan, Toto and Hall & Oates.

Sunday, September 30

Yoga Under the Yoga Trees 
8:30 a.m., Harringbone La Jolla
Get your stretch on Sunday with this yoga class under hundred-year-old olive trees in La Jolla. A $40 ticket to this teacher-led 45-minute class ends with a two-course brunch from Herringbone and a complimentary glass of bubbly or a non-alcoholic beverage of your choice.

Encinitas Oktoberfest 
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mountain Vista Drive and El Camino Real
Looking for authentic German polka music, Alpine dancers and tasty treats this weekend? Join hundreds of guests at the free 23rd annual Encinitas Oktoberfest. Starting at noon, a ceremonial parade will show off San Diego’s German culture. The annual street festival will have carnival rides a beer garden and a craft faire featuring more than 200 vendors.

8th Annual Treasure Chest Beer and Food Fest 
12 to 5 p.m., Green Flash Brewery
Chefs have chosen the perfect culinary pairings for local craft brews, including Green Flash Brewing and Alpine Beer Company, for the annual Treasure Chest Beer and Food Fest, which benefits Susan G. Komen San Diego in their fight against breast cancer. A variety of tickets are available for purchase ranging from $25 to $45 for guests to indulge in food and drink, plus live music, and a festival atmosphere.

Sunday Organ Concert
2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Spreckels Organ Pavilion at Balboa Park
Enjoy a free, hour-long organ concert Sunday at Balboa Park’s famed Spreckels Organ Pavilion. At the keys, the audience will find Raul Prieto Ramirez, the city’s newest San Diego Civic Organist and Artistic Director of the Spreckels Organ Society. Prieto Ramirez hails from Spain and, as he told NBC 7, hopes to keep the program interesting – from Bach to Queen – at the historic Spreckels Organ.

Harvest for Hope Fundraiser 
2 to 5 p.m., Brick (Liberty Station)
This annual fundraiser raises money for low-income families struggling to pay for their children’s cancer treatment. With a $145 general admission ticket to Harvest for Hope, guests will enjoy unique dishes paired with delicious wines and spirits. This year’s featured restaurants include Carnitas Snack Shack, Crust Pizzeria, Punch Bowl Social, Thorn Brewing Co., among several others.

The Heart of Rock & Roll 
8 p.m., The Old Globe
One of rock and roll’s most iconic artist is getting an entire show dedicated to his works. Huey Lewis told NBC 7 he never thought a musical adaptation of his works would be a reality. But through October 21, The Heart of Rock & Roll, which exclusively features the “Hip to Be Square” artist’s work, will play on the Donald and Darlene and Shiley Stage at the Old Globe. The comedy follows a band playing the Chicago dive bar circuit waiting for their “big break.” Tickets start at $39.

Free or Cheap Things to Do in San Diego
Times and locations vary

Looking to save some cash, but still enjoy the city? In San Diego, there are still plenty of activities to enjoy for free or on the cheap. Go for a hike at Torrey Pines State Park or Cowles Mountain, stroll Balboa Park, try a new craft brewery, admire the murals of Chicano Park or read a book at a downtown park. Get out there and explore America’s Finest City.

Photo Credit: Leroy's Kitchen + Lounge/Instagram]]>
<![CDATA[PICS: Your Scary Good Live Music Guide to Halloween]]> Tue, 25 Sep 2018 14:24:19 -0700 >> http://ul.ink/EXKW ]]> >> http://ul.ink/EXKW ]]> https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Seven-Grand-blurb.jpg Trick or treat! As most of you know, the greatest holiday of the year -- Halloween -- is right around the corner and with it comes more freaky festivities than you can shake a broomstick at. Here's the SoundDiego guide to the must-scream live-music parties around town.

Photo Credit: Vito Di Stefano]]>
<![CDATA[Tony the Hippo Turns One, Zoo Throws Birthday Bash]]> Tue, 25 Sep 2018 13:23:23 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/216*120/boyhippo.jpg

The San Diego Zoo threw a birthday bash for its one-year-old hippo, Tony, on Tuesday.

After one trip around the sun, Tony weighs in at over 900 pounds, according to the zoo. He’s expected to outgrow his 3,500-pound mother by an entire ton.

The San Diego Zoo held a livestream starting at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday to invite the world into Tony’s home.


During the livestream, the zoo took a walk down memory lane, remembering Tony’s journey, like how he loved eating dehydrated beet pulp as a calf.

Those who came out to the party were able to ask questions and get an up-close look at the birthday boy.

Tony and his mom, Funani, were center-stage in their enclosure for the extravaganza, even though the baby hippo’s real birthday was September 22.

Typically, mothers and calves stay together for two years.

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<![CDATA[Cosby Sentenced to 3 to 10 Years in Prison]]> Tue, 25 Sep 2018 12:38:29 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+COSBY+SENTENCING+092518+Copy+01.00_00_09_21.Still006THUMB2.jpg

Bill Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004. The judge also declared Cosby a “sexually violent predator,” which means he will have to undergo monthly counseling and register with police if he leaves prison.

<![CDATA[Local Woman Stuck Abroad After Discovering 5 Brain Tumors]]> Mon, 24 Sep 2018 23:30:13 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Kristen+Dineen+Brain+Cancer+GoFundMe+0924.jpg

A San Diego woman learned heartbreaking news while living abroad that left her stranded, and now her family is trying to raise enough money to bring her home.

Five tumors were found on Kristen Dineen’s brain during a chance CT scan on September 19, according to her family.

Kristen was living in Bali, a province of Indonesia, and her oncologist said it would be best for her to return home.

The largest mass was nearly two inches in length, and it was pressing onto the front of her skull, the family said.

However, because of her brain tumors, she wasn’t allowed to take a commercial flight back to America due to the pressure of the masses, according to the family.

In order to fly home safely, Kristen would need a private medical evacuation.

Due to complications, Kristen was airlifted from Bali to Singapore on the Saturday after her diagnosis. This added significant cost and delay to her family’s plan to bring her home.

A representative from AeroCare, an air ambulance service, spoke with NBC 7 about these evacuations and what would be needed for a trip like Kristen’s.

A basic flight from Bali to America was estimated to cost $180,000. With AeroCare’s largest plane, Gulf Stream IV, the trip would cost more than $350,000, the representative said.

The medical aircrafts can only travel a few thousand miles at a time, according to AeroCare's website. The distance from Bali to San Diego is almost 9,000 miles.

Kristen’s trip would include a few stops and international fees. Each takeoff and landing can negatively affect a patient, so crews try to limit as many as possible, AeroCare said.

The medical planes are pressurized to be around sea level inside the cabin.

They would also only fly at around 25,000 feet to keep as little change as possible for Kristen, according to AeroCare. A typical commercial flight cruises anywhere from 30,000 and 40,000 feet.

Usually, when a U.S. citizen is flown to America from another country, a U.S.-based aircraft will perform the entire trip, said the representative. So, scheduling the flight may take extra time.

While most evacuations can be planned within a day, a trip like Kristen’s may take up to four days, according to AeroCare.

Kristen’s family hosted a fundraiser Monday at Mas Fina Cantina in Carlsbad from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. to afford the medical evacuations. Hundreds were expected to attend.

They also created a GoFundMe campaign.

Within three days, the family raised nearly $130,000, 87 percent of their goal.

Her dad flew out to meet her Monday, while her mother and sister hosted the fundraiser in Carlsbad, her sister, Jenn, told NBC 7.

The GoFundMe page was shared thousands of times on Facebook and has dozens of supportive comments.

Kristen was diagnosed with and beat Melanoma in her early twenties, the campaign page said.

<![CDATA[Family Sues City, SDPD Detective in Deadly I-15 Crash]]> Tue, 25 Sep 2018 08:20:35 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/I15-Toyota-SDNV.jpg

The family of a man who was killed in a fiery crash on Interstate 15 in January is suing the city and two other drivers involved in the crash for wrongful death and negligence.

just after midnight on Jan. 3, DUI suspect Jeffrey Levi was driving northbound on I-15 at Miramar Road at 100 mph when he rear-ended a Toyota carrying siblings Jesus David Dominguez, 33, and Jiovanna Dominguez,18, and Jiovanna Dominguez’s boyfriend, Isaac Felix.

The Toyota, unable to move, stayed in the middle of the lanes on the freeway. Soon after, off-duty San Diego Police Department detective Raymond Rowe, who was on his way home from, crashed into the Toyota. The elapsed time between the two collisions impacting the Toyota is still under investigation.

The Toyota began to smoke and several Good Samaritans pulled over to help the victims inside. They were able to pull Jiovanna Dominguez from the wreckage to safety but moments later, the car burst into flames and Jesus Dominguez and Felix were killed.

The Dominguez family is suing the City of San Diego, Detective Rowe and Levi, for wrongful death and negligence.

"They're law enforcement. They are supposed to show us the example, not for us to show them,” Dominguez’ widow Samantha Munoz said.

The family’s lawsuit claims Rowe was going too fast and did not try to avoid the disabled car, even though other drivers on the freeway had already slowed down or pulled over.

An SDPD spokesperson told NBC 7 the department does not comment on pending litigation.

"I am angry because my brother and my boyfriend didn't deserve this and I feel like if the cop wouldn't have hit us everything would have been ok,” Jiovanna said.

The road to recovery will be a long one for the Dominguez family. Jiovanna's heart is broken and her body scarred -- she suffered broken bones and severe burns on her arms legs and back in the crash.

Following the crash, Levi crashed his red Ford Mustang into a nearby ditch on I-15 and fled. He was found about 15 minutes later walking in the area of the crash by an SDPD helicopter and was taken into custody.

At his arraignment, San Diego County Deputy District Attorney Cally Bright said Levi’s blood alcohol content was measured at .167, more than double the legal limit for driving under the influence, approximately three hours after the crash.

He pleaded not guilty to all charges. Court records obtained by NBC 7 show Levi has a prior conviction tied to drunk driving and a history of alleged violence.

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<![CDATA[Belligerent Suspected DUI Driver Bit Officer and Reached For Gun: CHP]]> Mon, 24 Sep 2018 23:29:11 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/chp+officer+bit.png

A suspected DUI driver who drove off the road and slammed into a tree is behind bars, accused of biting and reaching for the gun of one of the officers who came to his rescue.

The man lost control of his vehicle Monday afternoon on the Main Street onramp to northbound Interstate 5 in Chula Vista. He crashed head-on into a tree.

Firefighters responded to the scene to find the man belligerent and aggressive. They withstood a profanity-laced verbal assault and accusations of racism for nearly 10 minutes before California Highway Patrol officers showed up.

“All you guys like Donald Trump… Must love him because you're white and blue-eyed,” he shouted.

A CHP officer tried to calm the man down but his aggression didn’t let up, CHP Sgt. Steve Jio said. Then the suspect, described only as a 35-year-old from Chula Vista, pushed the officer and that’s when he tried to take him into custody.

A physical altercation ensued and the officer tried to wrestle the suspect to the ground. As they grappled, the suspect reached for the officer's gun and bit him, according to Jio.

The dangerous encounter was recorded by Signature Towing owner Larry White’s body camera. The officer can be heard shouting that he was being bitten. The officer told investigators that the suspect held his bite for what seemed like minutes.

Jio said the officer suffered severe bite injuries on his arm and was taken to an area hospital.

The altercation escalated so quickly that even White jumped in to help protect the officer and subdue the driver. It took White, the officer, and several firefighters to hog tie the suspect so he couldn’t hurt anyone or himself.

“You have to,” White said of his heroics. “Anyone who needs help, you need to be there to help. You don’t just turn a blind eye."

The arresting officer told investigators that he detected an odor of alcohol from the suspect. White alerted investigators to an opened beer bottle that was found near the crash scene.

Jio said the suspect suffered minor injuries from the crash and he was taken to an area hospital.

<![CDATA[NRC Investigating 'Serious Near Miss' Accident at San Onofre]]> Tue, 25 Sep 2018 06:37:07 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/N6PM+new+PKG+ITEAM+SAN+_KNSD6JPO.jpg

A “serious near miss" accident at the San Onofre Nuclear power plant could have been catastrophic. 

On August 3, a steel canister filled with hot nuclear waste was being lowered twenty feet into underground storage at San Onofre when the canister was accidentally hung up on a quarter-inch piece of metal. The canister was stuck for forty-five minutes while workers tried to figure out what happened. 

Workers were able to keep the canister from falling but the incident has now led to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) investigating. Recently, NRC Inspectors wrapped up a four-day, inspection, triggered by the incident. 

A spokesperson for Southern California Edison admits the incident was a “serious near-miss”. 

“SCE has been fully cooperating with the [NRC] team, providing access to people, records, root cause evaluations, and corrective actions related to the canister handling incident on Aug. 3,” said Liese Mosher with Southern California Edison. “We will continue to do so as the NRC team returns to their offices to analyze the data and complete their work.” 

Mosher added that nuclear waste canister loading process will not be resumed “until the NRC has completed its actions, and both [Southern California Edison] and the NRC are satisfied that all corrective actions have been addressed.” 

Since then, nuclear safety experts and critics have raised concerns over what might have happened if the 49-ton steel canister, which held the radioactive materials, had come free and crashed to the cement floor on the San Onofre site. 

The August canister was the 29th to be moved as the plant continues its decommissioning process. 

San Onofre workers are in the process of moving the dangerous radioactive waste out of short-term storage in a deep water pool to a “dry storage” underground and a short distance away on the San Onofre site. When the waste is being moved, the canisters are wrapped in a larger 70-ton protective container or “cask”. The canisters come out of the protective container when lowered into the underground storage. 

It was at this step in the process when the canister nearly fell in August. 

Holtec International is the maker of the system and containers that hold the nuclear waste canisters. The New Jersey-based company sell various systems to clients across the United States including the Hi-Storm Umax model used at San Onofre. 

NBC 7 Investigates reached out to Holtec International but they did not respond to our questions. Instead, they directed us to Southern California Edison for a response. 

An expert on nuclear waste, Dr. Tom English agrees with the decision to stop loading until all questions are answered. English spent time as an advisor to the State of California and Carter Administration regarding the disposal of nuclear waste. 

“The computer simulations that have been performed for San Onofre were for a drop of the canister that is protected by the massive transfer cask. No San Onofre computer simulations have been done on an 18-foot dropping of an unprotected nuclear waste canister,” English told NBC 7 Investigates. 

English’s experience paid off when he found within the NRC’s massive records archive, a “canister drop” simulation performed in 2007. The NRC computer simulation predicted the potential catastrophic results that could come from a nuclear waste canister smashing onto the ground from two-stories high. 

“What they did was they dropped a canister essentially onto concrete,” English said. “There are some differences in terms of the thickness of the canister and the weights and so forth but the general idea is very similar. And the results were disturbing. The probability of the canisters failing was about 28 percent. That’s an alarmingly high number.” 

English says the public needs to know what the real numbers are for an accident like this and that rather than conducting another computer simulation like the one in 2007, Southern California Edison and the NRC should perform a physical test that is specific to the conditions at the San Onofre plant. 

English admits this would likely lead to a further delay of loading the remaining 44 canisters into a longer-term underground storage. And leaving the cooling waste in short-term storage, as they are in now, creates a higher risk for a potential disaster caused by a fire, tsunami or even a terrorist attack. 

Southern California Edison, the NRC, and others stakeholders generally agree that getting the radioactive materials out of the short-term storage or “cooling pools” is a priority. 

When asked about the possibility of performing an updated physical test or computer simulation of what could happen if a nuclear waste canister is dropped, Mosher with Southern California Edison said, “Thank you for sharing the information from Dr. English. At this time, the NRC is conducting an inspection at San Onofre regarding the August 3 incident, and we are not commenting on the subject.”

<![CDATA[Six Flags St. Louis Celebrates Fright Fest With 30-Hour 'Coffin Challenge' ]]> Tue, 25 Sep 2018 11:21:15 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-92158572.jpg

Six Flags in St. Louis, Missouri, is challenging six contestants to spend 30 hours inside a coffin for a chance to win $300 during the park's annual spooktacular Halloween event.

Participants of the ghoulish contest to celebrate the 30th year of Fright Fest will bide their time inside 2-by-7-foot coffins at the park from 1 p.m. Oct. 13 to 7 p.m. Oct. 14. 

Coffin dwellers will be allowed to bring a friend during Fright Fest operating hours, "but they must brave the non-operating hours alone,” according to the contest's rules. Contestants will also get brief hourly bathroom breaks and in-coffin meals.

Those who complete the macabre challenge will win two 2019 Gold Season Passes, a Fright Fest prize package including two VIP Haunted House passes, and a ticket for two to ride the Freak Train for Freaks Unleashed.

If more than one person makes it to 30 hours, a drawing will determine who gets the $300.

One more perk: Successful coffin dwellers get to keep their casket.

Six Flags will choose the six participants on Oct. 4 and nominees must accept by Oct. 6. If all coffins are not filled, alternates will be notified by Oct. 8.

Click here to register. The deadline to register is Oct. 3 at midnight.

Coffin Dweller Requirements:

-Must be 18 years or older and have a photo ID for verification

-Cannot have any medical condition(s) where participating could be a health risk 

-Complete and sign a waiver at check-in  

-Must be able to completely lay in a 2’ x 7’ coffin

-Provide own pillow and sleeping bag or blankets

-Check in at Six Flags St. Louis by 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13

Six Flags St. Louis will provide:

-Six, deluxe, 2’ x 7’, slightly used coffins

-Breakfast in bed (well all meals, snacks and drinks in bed actually)

-One, six-minute bathroom break every hour

-Random visits by 'Fright Fest Freaks'

-A Six Flags representative will be present at all times

-Phone charging stations       

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<![CDATA[Burned Lot Carries Hefty Price Tag Despite Tragic History]]> Tue, 25 Sep 2018 06:36:50 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Burned+Home+for+Sale+Mission+Hills+0924.png

A charred home and the lot it sits on for sale in Mission Hills has fetched an offer north of $900,000 despite its rough condition and tragic history.

The “Burn Home,” as neighbors call it, was a two-bedroom, two- bath abode on a little more than 15,000 square feet on Fort Stockton Drive. It caught fire in April 2017, and two women perished inside.

What’s left of the structure will need to be torn down and the buyer will have to start new. Realtor Wendy Pierro said there was quite a bit of interest from buyers because the lot’s potential outweighed the sadness associated with it.

“It has that history to it, but you know people look beyond that history when they're buying,” Pierro said. “They see this is an opportunity here. This is an opportunity to build. This is a canyon lot. There aren't a lot of canyon lots.”

Pierro said she’s been fielding multiple calls a week for weeks -- offers from people willing to buy the property as is, demolish the home and start again from scratch.

“It comes down to supply and demand,” she said.

There are still hurdles to jump over for the latest offer to go through, but construction could begin as soon as spring of 2019.

<![CDATA[Emergency Responders Can’t Use 'Drone-Killer' Technology]]> Tue, 25 Sep 2018 06:37:21 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ITEAM+AM+PKG_DroneKiller+for+Tuesday.jpg

On June 13, 2017, just after 3 p.m., Oceanside firefighters and police were called to a brush fire on Douglas Drive. 

The flames were spreading fast, pushed by 15 mph winds, so crews requested water drops from their helicopter to help douse the flames. 

But just moments before the drop, the officer in charge had to call off that much-needed air support because two wayward civilian drones were spotted flying over the flames. 

Those drones posed a potentially deadly safety threat to the helicopter pilots. 

“Firefighters had to go in and battle this fire [without air support], which [could] increase injuries to firemen,” said Oceanside Police Sergeant Tom Bussey. “It would have been a lot easier to have an aircraft come in and make a water drop.” 

Oceanside Fire confirmed that one firefighter was injured while battling that fire. And the blaze, which was purposely set by an arsonist, continued to grow, despite the department’s best efforts. By the next day, it had burned 85 acres.  

That havoc caused by the two wayward drones prompted Oceanside Police (OPD) to search for a device that can disable unauthorized drones that interfere with public safety, or pose a criminal or terrorist threat. OPD soon learned that IXI Technology’s “DroneKiller” could be a valued addition to its crime-fighting arsenal. 

Though the name sounds destructive, “DroneKiller” does not destroy or damage its target. 

Instead, it forces an airborne drone to the ground, by sending a “go-home” signal to the drone operator’s controls. That signal directs the wayward drone to return to the spot from which it was originally launched and land. Police can then cite or arrest the drone operator for interfering with public safety, or other crimes. 

In March, IXI Technology donated one of its “DroneKillers” -- valued at more than $16,000 -- to the city of Oceanside. 

But federal government red tape has kept that “DroneKiller” on the shelf, unavailable for use by OPD, the city’s fire department or any county law enforcement or fire agency. 

“Right now, we’re in a holding pattern,” Bussey confirmed. 

The city of Oceanside originally planned on purchasing the "DroneKiller" device. To read more about that, click here.

NBC 7 Investigates found out why Oceanside’s public safety agencies can’t use this new technology. 

Interviews and emails confirm that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has not certified any drone intervention devices or approved their use by U.S. law enforcement or other public agencies. Currently, the “DroneKiller” and other drone intervention devices are only for use by the U.S. military, abroad. 

The FCC will not allow expanded use of the radio wave technology until it’s satisfied that the devices will not disrupt or “jam” other radio-controlled devices that are operating properly and within the law. 

In March, IXI Technology’s Director of Marketing Andrew Morabe told NBC 7 that Los Angeles law enforcement have already deployed the device for possible use at “the Rose Bowl, Rose Parade and the Golden Globe Awards”. 

NBC 7 Investigates confirmed that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has two drone-intervention-devices, including the same IXI "DroneKiller" device Oceanside acquired. 

L.A. Sheriff’s Commander Jack Ewell confirmed his department has taken the devices to large public gatherings but has never used them to bring down a suspected or renegade drone. 

Asked why his colleagues would bring the device to an event if they can’t legally use it, Ewell said only, “The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department follows all applicable laws and regulations at all times.” 

The Electronic Frontier Foundation endorses the FCC’s decision to thoroughly test all drone intervention devices before certifying them for use in the field. 

Jeremy Gillula, a technology expert with the San Francisco-based Foundation, said the FCC should establish and follow strict guidelines for the use of drone disabling technology, and also make sure that law-enforcement uses the devices only when appropriate, and only for legitimate public safety reasons. 

“They [could] use it with the best of intentions, and cause some collateral damage without meaning to," Gillula said. "Because a lot of the time, these [devices] can be abused, and people don't realize it until, you know, the police already have the technology.” 

Morabe told NBC 7 Investigates IXI Technology hopes to get FCC certification for the “DroneKiller” device sometime next year. Meanwhile, IXI is selling the device to the military and other federal agencies for use on foreign battlefields. 

When certification is granted, OPD spokesperson Bussey said his department will develop a policy and most likely a city ordinance establishing appropriate rules for using its “DroneKiller”. 

“It’s not something that you’re going to use every day, but at least it’s a tool you can put into your toolbox and if we do need it, we have it,” Bussey said. “If the FCC doesn’t approve it, we’ll probably send it back to IXI.”

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<![CDATA[#WhyIDidntReport Response to Trump Rejecting Ford Allegation]]> Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:19:36 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Community_Supports_Kavanaugh_Accuser_Who_Agrees_to_Test.jpg

After the president balked at the first sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, saying if it had really happened Dr. Christine Blasey Ford would have reported it at the time, women and men took to Twitter to express why they never reported their sexual assaults.

Hundreds of thousands of survivors have used the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport, many expressed shame, fear, both for their lives and their reputations and that they wouldn't be believed. 

Dr. Ford went on the record with the Washington Post a week ago, alleging Judge Kavanaugh attempted to rape her at a party when they were teenagers.

At first President Trump said Ford’s story should be heard, but by Friday he was dismissing her allegation, tweeting, "I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!"

In response, actress Alyssa Milano tweeted in part: “hey @RealDonaldTrump … I was sexually assaulted twice. Once when I was a teenager. I never filed a police report and it took me 30 years to tell my parents."

#WhyIDidntReport sparked from Milano's tweet.

San Diego psychotherapist Allen Ruyle says that appears to be the case for  Kavanaugh's accusers. “I'm not surprised about allegations coming out much later,” he told NBC 7. “Victims of sexual abuse and sexual assault typically wait decades."

Ruyle says most people don't report their sexual assault to authorities out of fear – “fear of what other people will say, fear that they won't be believed, fear that they will be attacked verbally, fear that people will blame them,” he said.

Protesters held a rally in downtown San Diego over the weekend against Kavanaugh and showed their support for Ford. Some of them are survivors of sexual assault themselves.

“Unfortunately there's just this stigma that you're supposed to come out immediately and you're supposed to do, to follow all the rules and sometimes as a victim, you don't feel like you can and you're not ready and you blame yourself,” survivor Losie Ganz, said.

“A lot of the time to even – when you do step forward and even when you do come forward, there will still be people who don't believe you, there will still be people who will shame you,” she added.

But Ruyle feels hopeful hashtags like #MeToo and #WhyIDidntReport will encourage more survivors to keep the conversation going.

“It takes a lot to step up, it takes a lot to say this happened to me,” he said.

Ruyle primarily works with male victims of sexual assault who often find it even harder to report than women.

“[There are] issues of masculinity, gender norms, fears about what people will say about their sexual orientation if the attacker was a male, expectations that we are as men supposed to always be in charge [and] never be a victim,” Ruyle explained.

One in three women and one in six men will experience some form of sexual assault in their life, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

<![CDATA[Hoffy Gets His Own Street]]> Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:44:36 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/Trevor+Hoffman+On+Mound.JPG

They were the cornerstones of the Padres 1998 National League championship team. Now Tony Gwynn and Trevor Hoffman literally form a corner.

On Friday, September 28, a stretch of Park Boulevard between Imperial Avenue and Tony Gwynn Drive that runs by Petco Park will be officially re-named Trevor Hoffman Way. The San Diego City Council approved the change on Monday.

“As one of the best closers in baseball history and a legendary member of the Padres, we couldn’t be more thrilled to honor Trevor Hoffman for his contributions to the game, his entry into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and the joy he has given so many San Diego fans,” said San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

This has been one heck of a summer for Hoffman, the all-time National League leader in saves and a true San Diego legend. He was inducted to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, received his own statue inside Petco Park, and now gets to see his name on a street sign.

Much like Gwynn, Hoffman did not grow up in San Diego but after he joined the Padres made America's Finest City his permanent home. He still works with the Padres front office and is visible in the community. Hoffman is also a Spring Training instructor for the franchise, working with minor leaguers.

<![CDATA[Cancer-Fighting Super Kids Fitted for Capes at Rady Children's Hospital]]> Mon, 24 Sep 2018 18:04:49 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/rady+childrens+childhood+cancer+patients+capes.jpg

Every hero needs their cape and on Monday 100 cancer-fighting superheroes received theirs.

One hundred gold capes were passed out to patients at Rady Children’s Hospital to form a “human ribbon” in honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

The Emilio Nares Foundation (ENF) along with Match Your Need provided the capes to the patients. ENF provides programs and services to families who have children with cancer in San Diego.

The special event took place in Carley’s Magical Garden. With the help of nurses and staff who wore yellow, the official color of the awareness month, formed the “human ribbon” in recognition of the more than 15,000 kids diagnosed with cancer each year.

“We are just giving these superheroes the capes that they so rightly have earned as they battle this terrible disease,” Said Karen Terra with the ENF.

<![CDATA[SF Paid Firm $400K for Data Claiming City is Near Spotless]]> Tue, 25 Sep 2018 07:00:57 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Garbage+Tenderloin.jpg

San Francisco paid a public relations firm hundreds of thousands of dollars for research that claims the city is near spotless, according to government documents obtained by the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit. 

The high rating appears to contradict San Francisco’s own 311 complaint records, which reflect a continued spike in service calls concerning trash, used needles, and human feces scattered across the city’s streets and sidewalks.  According to data collected by the same public relations firm, JBR Partners, Inc., last year San Francisco was the cleanest the city has been in four years.  During that same four-year span, however, complaints regarding human feces tainting streets and sidewalks nearly doubled to roughly 21,000 cleaning requests last year.

San Francisco hired JBR Partners, Inc., a self-described public relations agency, in an effort to assess progress within the Public Works Department, which is responsible for maintaining cleanliness along the city’s streets and sidewalks.  The firm’s findings, however, have been deemed questionable and potentially inaccurate by members of the community and the city’s own budget analysts and auditors.

City paid $400K for potentially 'flawed' research

“There is some concern that the performance measures, based on their methodology, might be flawed,” said Dan Goncher, a public policy analyst with the city’s Budget Legislative Analyst’s Office. “Why are these performance measures showing improvement, when at the same time the number of complaints to the city has continued to increase year after year? That's a real head scratcher, I think, for the city right now.”

PR firm, paid by SF, awards city near perfect cleanliness score

Public Works first hired JBR Partners in 2013 to survey San Francisco’s streets and sidewalks. In an effort to assess the level of cleanliness across San Francisco, the company was contracted to walk the city in search of trash and filth, including broken glass, syringes, and human waste.

Based on the survey results, JBR Partners rated San Francisco’s streets and sidewalks each year on a scale from 1 to 3 – 1 equated to “very clean,” while 3 amounted to “very dirty.” Last year, the firm awarded San Francisco’s streets and sidewalks an average rating of 1.18 in commercial areas and 1.06 in residential neighborhoods – near perfect scores.

According the contract, the firm was required to randomly select and survey 94 residential corridors and 94 commercial corridors every six months, for a total of 376 evaluations each year.

So far, those findings have cost San Francisco’s Public Works Department $408,745 as part of its contract with JBR Partners, which began in 2013 and runs through Oct. 8, 2018.

SF gets high marks despite increasing complaints about filth

After surveying streets and sidewalks last year, JBR Partners awarded San Francisco the highest cleanliness marks since the company began surveying the city in 2013.

Those living in San Francisco, however, appeared to notice more filth on the city’s streets and sidewalks, not less. The city’s 311 system received a dramatic increase in the number of complaints concerning a lack of cleanliness across the city during those same four years. Complaints about trash increased 40 percent, human waste complaints swelled 96 percent, and complaints concerning used drug needles spiked 228 percent.

JBR Partners did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

“There are still certainly questions around the degree to which cleanliness has improved on San Francisco streets and sidewalks,” Goncher said.  “What is at stake is whether the city can really have a good barometer on how it's performing and cleaning up the streets - and the use of public funds for that.”

In the absence of clear data and amid lingering questions over job performance within the city’s street cleaning division, Goncher recommended that San Francisco lawmakers refrain from implementing any long-term budget increases for Public Works. Earlier this year, however, the Board of Supervisors and Mayor London Breed opted to give the department a multimillion-dollar increase – $12.8 million in additional funds over the next two years.  The current Public Works budget, $72 million, has grown more than 80 percent in just six years.

'Why is it like this?'

The department’s ballooning budget doesn’t sit well with Rickey Wilson, a 70-year-old jazz singer who has spent his entire career in San Francisco.

“Why is it like this?  It shouldn't have to be,” he said.  “It's not supposed to be.”

Wilson, who regularly walks the streets of San Francisco to perform at clubs and lounges across the city, doesn’t believe the cleanliness ratings released by JBR Partners.

They’re lying,” said Wilson.  “They can take it any way they want it. They can come see me if they want. It doesn’t matter. I’m going to tell them the same thing I’m telling you now – they’re lying.”

San Francisco’s dirty streets made national headlines following an NBC Bay Area investigation in February, which revealed a dangerous concoction of drug needles, garbage, and feces lining the streets of downtown San Francisco. The Investigative Unit surveyed more than 150 blocks, including some of the city’s top tourist destinations and discovered conditions that infectious disease experts considered comparable to some of the worst slums in the world.

SF pays millions more for street cleaning than other major cities

San Francisco pays millions more to clean its streets and sidewalks than several other larger cities with even bigger populations, including Chicago, San Diego, and San Jose, according to a recent report by the San Francisco Budget Legislative Analyst’s Office. In fact, Los Angeles is 10 times larger than San Francisco and collects nine times the amount of trash, but San Francisco still spends about $20 million more on street cleaning each year.

“Every penny of work that a public worker does is worth it,” said Mohammed Nuru, director of San Francisco Public Works. “We have to be responsible for making sure that our city continues to be one of the best places in the world.”

Nuru takes issue with comparing San Francisco’s expenses because, he says, his department receives a higher volume of street cleaning requests than other cities across the country. 

During the 2017 fiscal year, San Francisco received 77,091 service requests while other cities received far fewer: Los Angeles, 5,800; San Jose, 9,000; Baltimore, 32,553, and Chicago, 1,271, according to data released by the Budget Legislative Analyst’s Office.

We're doing what people expect of us,” Nuru said.  “We still have room to grow, but we’re moving in the right direction.”

In April, during Mayor Mark Farrell's six months in office, San Francisco unveiled a new partnership with the San Francisco AIDS Foundation to create a new 10-person crew to pick up and discard used syringes across the city. In August, the Public Works Department announced plans to dedicate a five-person team to regularly clean human feces off streets and sidewalks. San Francisco also recently opened five more staffed, public restrooms as part of the city's Pit Stop Program, which now boasts 23 public toilets across the city.

In light of San Francisco's seemingly unprecedented clean-up efforts, some are confused how a city in need of such extreme measures could manage to score such high marks for cleanliness even before many of the new initiatives were implemented.

'A report is what it is'

As for the assertion made by JBR Partners that the city’s streets and sidewalks are near pristine, Nuru said “a report is what it is.”

He added, “I take information, and I try to translate it to the best way [so] that I can understand what it is saying.”

The survey data is being collected as part of a 2003 voter mandate that began requiring San Francisco to establish performance standards for street and sidewalk maintenance.

San Francisco’s auditing division, within the Controller’s Office, is responsible for reviewing those standards and issuing performance reports. While the Controller’s Office helped design the city’s cleanliness surveys, the office now has concerns the information collected may not be accurate. In fact, the office had such little confidence in the survey results that it decided to forgo issuing its scheduled 2016-2017 cleanliness evaluation report of the city’s streets and sidewalks.

“We are trying to get representative samples to get a sense of how the city is doing over time,” said Ben Rosenfield, City Controller for San Francisco, who acknowledges current survey methods are not yielding useful results.

“This is the year we decided to do something bigger that leads to better results," he said.

Rosenfield, who declined to be interviewed on camera, said his office is now partnering with Public Works to overhaul the way San Francisco measures cleanliness and expects to finalize new guidelines in the coming months.

“The purpose of our review is to get to something that is answering the question:  ‘Is the city dirtier or cleaner than the year before?'” he said.  “We have questions about whether the methodology we’ve used actually answers that.”

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<![CDATA[National Parks Warming Faster Than Rest of US, Study Finds]]> Tue, 25 Sep 2018 02:19:34 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/nationalparkAP_18183423778026.jpg

Areas in the United States full of national parks — like Alaska or the American Southwest — will be the scene of the greatest heat gains and rainfall declines in the future, NBC News reported

A new study found that recorded temperature increases in the protected zones was twice as high, from 1895 to 2010, as temperature increases in the the rest of the United States. And those greater temperature increases would be exacerbated through the end of the century, if the United States and the world do nothing to reduce the level of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases, the researchers found.

The study, completed by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Wisconsin, looked at historic temperature increases from 1895 through the 21st century. Researchers then projected temperature hikes through the year 2100 and did the same for rainfall totals in all 50 states. 

Using previous data that they aggregated and reassessed, the researchers concluded that under the worst-case scenario, no reduction in earth-warming greenhouse gases, temperatures would increase between 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit and 16.2 degrees Fahrenheit. The most severe increases would hit Alaska’s North Slope, where grizzly bears, caribou, polar bears and other sensitive species make their homes.

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<![CDATA[Ted Cruz Confronted by Kavanaugh Protesters in DC Restaurant]]> Tue, 25 Sep 2018 08:25:54 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/texas-senate-debate-092118-cruz-beto-+%2817%29.jpg

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was forced out of a Washington, D.C., restaurant Monday night by a group protesting embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Cruz and his wife, Heidi, were eating at Fiola, an upscale Italian restaurant on Pennsylvania Avenue, when a group of protesters approached them. 

In a video posted on Twitter by Smash Racism DC, the group can be heard chanting, "We believe survivors," as Cruz and his wife sit down at a table.

One protester told Cruz that she is a survivor of sexual assault and asked him how he will vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation.

"God bless you, ma'am," Cruz replied. 

The group continued to chant until Cruz and his wife got up and left the restaurant. 

"Ted Cruz and Brett Kavanaugh are best friends," one protester yelled, as the couple exited. 

Beto O'Rourke, who is challenging Cruz for his Senate seat, called for Cruz to be treated with respect. 

"Not right that Senator Cruz and his wife Heidi were surrounded and forced to leave a restaurant last night because of protesters. The Cruz family should be treated with respect," O'Rourke tweeted Tuesday morning.

Two women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. 

Christine Blasey Ford has accused Kavanaugh of assaulting her at a party when they were teenagers. But Kavanaugh denies he was "at any such party." In an interview with Fox News, he said he's "never sexually assaulted anyone."

The second woman, Deborah Ramirez, accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her at a Yale University dormitory party, putting his penis in her face and causing her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away. Kavanaugh also has denied that allegation. 

President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell say they are determined to get Kavanaugh on the court, calling the allegations against him false and politically motivated. Kavanaugh has been defiant as well.

Ford and Kavanaugh are set to testify Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

"I'm not going to let false accusations drive us out of this process," Kavanaugh said.

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<![CDATA[New Calif. Law Combats Opioid Overdose Deaths]]> Mon, 24 Sep 2018 19:56:54 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/New_Law_Combats_Opioid_Overdose_Deaths.jpg

Under a new California bill signed into law this month, in some cases when doctors prescribe opioids, they will be required to also prescribe the life-saving overdose drug Narcan.

A spray of Narcan, a brand of Naloxone, into the nose of someone overdosing on opioids, could save that person’s life.

John Soloman, a singer and guitarist who has struggled with drug addiction, says he is thrilled Governor Brown signed the legislation.

“Fentanyl wasn’t out there when I was using, and if it had been it’s very likely I would have overdosed from fentanyl,” he told NBC 7.

Somoman, who has been playing nationally for about 10 years and who was once a patient at the Hazeldon Betty Ford Addiction Treatment Center, has been sober for eight years. “I had multiple chances before I finally recovered, and when somebody dies they have no chance to recover,” he says.

The new law will make Naloxone more easily available.

Thom Duddy, with Adapt Pharma – the company that makes Narcan – explained that under the new under if someone is prescribed a large amount of opioids, “you need to prescribe Naloxone alongside that prescription because that’s a risky prescription.

The prescriber will have to offer Naloxone to those with a history of overdose as well.

“There’s about 40 percent of these opioid overdose deaths are happening from legitimate prescription drugs that were prescribed by a prescriptor or provider. So this is big,” Duddy says.

Soloman agrees.

“You never know what somebody’s gonna be able to do if you give them another day,” he says.

According to the law, if a prescriber fails to offer a prescription of Naloxone or Narcon, the prescriber could face sanctions by the appropriate licensing board.

While no one NBC 7 spoke to disputed the life-saving effects of Naloxone or Narcan, some were cautious of making the drug widely available.

<![CDATA[Computer System Problem Causes Extreme Delays at Local DMV Branches]]> Mon, 24 Sep 2018 18:54:33 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Extremely_Long_Waits_at_Som_DMV_Offices_in_North_County.jpg

A problem with the computer system at the DMV caused extreme delays at multiple San Diego County offices Monday, days after the Governor called for an audit of the department.

The DMV has already added more employees and extended operating hours this year, but those improvements weren’t much help when, according to the branch manager at the Chula Vista office, the system used to process driver's licenses went down for at least 20 minutes.

Carolin Williams went into the Chula Vista office at around 8 a.m. to get a new ID. Noon came around and she was still waiting.

A manager at the Clairemont office confirmed their system was down for about five minutes but it didn't affect wait times.

"I had everything prepared,” Alex Tan said. “I guess it took me like an hour and a half which I guess is sort of expected.”

A spokesperson for the DMV in Sacramento said several branches had system issues Monday but could not say which ones. Offices in Rancho San Diego, Chula Vista and Clairemont were affected.

The spokesperson also said that the department couldn’t be sure the issue was fixed, meaning the system could go down again.

If it does, drivers have one option.

"Be prepared to be here for a few hours,” Cristina Nicona advised.

Some branches in San Diego are now open on Saturdays and some now open at 7 a.m. instead of 8 a.m. But even with the extra help, staff will have to keep working with the aging technology, which may be to blame for problems like the one the department experienced Monday.

We'll have to wait for the full state audit to find out, which officials in Sacramento say will be ready by March of 2019.

State officials hope the results will give them an idea as to what is wrong and what still needs to be fixed.

<![CDATA[Sexual Assaults High on US Navy Aircraft Carriers: Report]]> Tue, 25 Sep 2018 10:28:45 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/210*120/image69.jpeg

A new report on sexual assaults in the military show that women and men are more likely to be assaulted on a U.S. Navy ship than any other type of military installation, and the ship most likely involved is an aircraft carrier.

The new report is based on 170,000 surveys of active-duty service members taken in 2014 collected by the RAND Corporation and commissioned by the Department of Defense.

Camille West wrote her master's thesis on military sexual assault after serving as a victim advocate in the Navy. She told NBC 7 that while there are tools for healing parts of the memories still remain.

"It’s like the scar is always there," West said. "It's never going to be completely gone."

Now in the Navy Reserves, she says she is not surprised that carriers top the list for the highest risk. "Pretty much you are with the same people 24/7. For carriers especially they go out on longer under-ways, so I would say the temptation is there."

The report found that younger service members were more likely to be victims, and there are plenty of young sailors on ships. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton ranked on the lower end of assaults at Marine bases. MCAS Yuma in Arizona was on the higher end.

One concern is the under-reporting of sexual assaults due to a fear of retaliation, especially for men, said West.

"I would say it’s much more harder for them to admit that something happened to them just because of that stigma," West said.

In an official statement, the U.S. Navy told NBC 7, "We are aware of the 2016 RAND Military Workplace Study Survey and we value the approaches that RAND takes to cutting-edge research. The Navy has further engaged with RAND to help us take a closer look at the conclusions of this report by conducting follow-on projects to provide more actionable information about where sexual assault risk is highest and lowest in the Navy.

"This information will be vital to us in determining where and how to target training, prevention and response resources. We take sexual assault seriously and specifically want to understand the "why" presented by the data. Identifying protective and risk factors is essential to mitigating the risk of sexual assault for our Sailors."

They added there are concerns about whether the numbers accurately reflect the current status in the military because they were taken from years old data.

West said the reports, surveys, prevention programs and resources for help all aid to boost the morale in the Navy because people feel they can report sexual abuse without a fear of retaliation. 

The DoD SAFE Help Line is 1-877-995-5247.

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<![CDATA[Driver Says Brakes Failure Sent SUV Into Lakeside Home]]> Mon, 24 Sep 2018 08:22:10 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SUV+Into+Lakeside+home.png

A driver whose SUV crashed through the wall of a Lakeside home early Monday said her brakes gave out as she was on a windy, downhill slope. 

Stephanie Sanders said when the brakes failed said she tried to manage the curves of Eucalyptus Hills Drive but at a T in the road, she was forced to sharply turn, which sent her red Ford Excursion into a home on Oak Creek Drive at about 3:45 a.m. 

"I did everything my dad taught me too -- I pumped (the brakes) and that didn’t do anything; I put (the SUV) down into drive one and that slowed it down a little bit but then it just kept going; And I put my emergency brake, that barely did anything," Sanders said. 

The car crashed into the home's living room while the homeowners were asleep in another room. 

Everyone inside the home, the driver and her passenger were uninjured. 

California Highway Patrol said the driver was not facing charges for the crash. 

Building inspectors were called to assess the damage. 

No other information was available.

Please refresh this page for updates on this developing story. Details may change as information is released. 

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